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    SFCHS Track Athletes Qualify For State

    The Regional Track and Field Meet was held in Hill City on Friday, May 20. The competition was keen, but several St. Francis HIgh School athletes turned in performances placing in the top four positions and thus earned the opportunity to compete in the Kansas State High School Track and Field Meet to be held at Cessna Stadium in Wichita on May 27 and 28.

    Qualifying for the State Track Meet were:  Journey Lee in the pole vault, McKenzie Taylor in the 100 meter dash, Taylor Rogers in the 400 meter dash, the girls 4 X 100 meter relay (Journey Lee, Madi Tice, McKenzie Taylor, and Jylian Laten) and the boys 4 X 400 meter relay team (Taylor Rogers, Jordan Raby, Tate Busse, and Lane Hobrock). Lauren Johnson, Lindsey Johnson, Garrett Brunk , and Quinton Cravens will attend the State Meet as relay alternates.

    St. Francis athletes placing in the Regional Track  Meet are listed below.

    Girls Division

    Emily Elfers - 6th in 300 meter hurdles (54.22)

    Journey Lee - 3rd (tie) in pole vault (8' 6")

    Zoe Sundstrom - 6th in 100 meter hurdles (18.09)

    McKenzie Taylor - 4th in 100 meter dash (13.55)

    4 X 100 meter relay -4th  Madi Tice, McKenzie Taylor, Journey Lee, and Jylian Laten (54.10)

    4 X 400 meter relay - 6th  Journey Lee, McKenzie Taylor, Reagan Beims, and Lauren Johnson (4:32.48)

    Ellis won the girls division with 95 team points. Bennington placed second with 78 and Hill City third with 68. The remainder of the girls teams placed in the following order:  4th - Salina Sacred Heart 52, 5th - Smith Center 41, 6th - Lincoln 39.5, 7th - Decatur Community 33, 8th - Trego Community 31, 9th - Solomon 27, 10th - Plainville 26, 11th - St. Francis 16, 12th - Oakley 15.5, 13th - Rawlins County 14, 14th (tie) - Ell-Saline 11, and 14th (tie) Wichita County 11.


    Boys Division

    Jake Faulkender - 5th in 3200 meter run (11:22.75)

    Taylor Rogers - 3rd in 400 meters (52.10), 5th in 100 meters (11.73)

    4 X 100 meter relay - 6th  Carl Fabre, Taylor Rogers, Lane Hobrock, and J.R. Landenberger (45.79)

    4 X 400 meter relay - 2nd  Taylor Rogers, Tate Busse, Jordan Raby, and Lane Hobrock (3:30.79)

    4 X 800 meter relay - 5th  Jake Faulkeder, K.C. Krien, Brock Waters, and Tate Busse (8:46.20)

    The boys division was won by Wichita County with 120 points. Bennington placed second with 71. The rest of the field placed in the following order:  3rd - Plainville 68, 4th - Salina Sacred Heart 66, 5th - Smith Center 61, 6th - Solomon 60, 7th - Ell-Saline 27, 8th (tie) - St. Francis 21, 8th (tie) Trego Community 21, 10th - Hill City 20, 11th - Oakley 10, 12th - Decatur Community 6, 13th - Rawlins County 5, and 14th - Ellis 2.

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    Grade School Track Meet Enjoyed

    On the last day of school, May 19th, the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes participated in the annual Elementary School Track Meet. Though the day was a bit windy and cool, the students seemed to enjoy the competition. Several good performances were viewed by those in attendance.

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  • Twenty-Nine Seniors Presented Diplomas

    St. Francis High School held their annual Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 15, 2016. Twenty-nine seniors were presented with their graduation diplomas as well as their scholarship packets during the ceremony. 

    The concert band provided the processional and recessional under the direction of Debbie Fiala. Jeff Landers, pastor of the First Christian Church gave the invocation. The message was delivered by Erin Day, 1998 graduate of St. Francis High School. Erin now works as a film director in New York City.

    Jude Faulkender presented the senior farewell, and Wade Jones presented the senior talk. Diplomas were presented by Rob Schiltz, superintendent of schools, and David Morrow, high school principal.

    Seniors graduating with the class of 2016 include the following students. A short note of their future plans is also included.

    Payton Beims - Plans to attend Northwest Technical College and Washburn University to study crime scene investigation.

    Garrett Brunk - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in agricultural business while taking electives for pre-optometry.

    Jakob Church - Plans to attend Manhattan Area Technical College to study automotive collision repair.

    Clayton DeWaal - Plans to attend Bethany College to major in business. Clay will also wrestle for Bethany.

    Emily Elfers - Plans to attend Kansas State University to study animal science and pre-vet.

    Carl Fabre - Plans to attend college to become a physical therapy assistant.

    Jude Faulkender - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to study geology/paleontology.

    Francisco Fernandez - Plans to attend Northwest Technical College to study automotive collision repair.

    Michaela Ford - Plans to attend Northwest Technical College to study respiratory therapy.

    Alexis Frink - Plans to attend Northwest Technical College to study cosmetology.

    CarolEve Harris - Plans to attend New Dimensions Beauty Academy (Parker, CO) to study cosmetology.

    Christopher Hoard - Plans to attend Northwest Kansas Technical School to study diesel mechanics.

    Lane Hobrock - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in media studies with an emphasis in music and audio technology.

    Kattie Jenik - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to study accounting and finance.

    Jesse Jenkins - Plans to work at Wal-Mart.

    Wade Jones - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to major in chemistry and minor in music performance.

    Journey Lee - Plans to attend Bethany College to study special education. Journey plans to compete in track at Bethany.

    Rachael Lee-Hopper - Plans to attend Wichita State University to study sports medicine and child development.

    Jacob McWilliams - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University and major in computer science and programming.

    Jason Owens - Plans to attend Colby Community College to study nursing.

    Justin Pacheco - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to study business.

    Kayla Reed - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to study nursing and psychology.

    Travis Rogers - Plans to attend Johnson Community College to study computer aided drafting and design.

    Kylie Sherlock - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to study English and secondary education.

    Hannah Stafford - Plans to attend Colby Community College. Major is undecided.

    Sydney Sundstrom - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to study psychology and music performance.

    McKenzie Taylor - Plans to attend the Hays Academy of Hair and Design to study cosmetology.

    Zachary White - Plans to attend Northwest Kansas Technical College to study mobile apps and gaming.

    Hannah Wolff - Plans to attend Fort Hays State University to double major in biology and secondary education and earn a minor in chemistry.



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  • 5-6 Music Contest Held

    National Music Week, sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs was celebrated May 1-8, 2016. The year's theme was "Music....Notes to the Future."

    In honor of National Music Week, the 5th and 6th grade music students participated in a "Music Contest" at the High School. The event was held in the auditorium on Wednesday, May 4th. Students prepared and presented vocal, keyboard, and instrumental solo's for a panel of judges. Those serving as judges were:  Vocal solos - Teresa Porter, Natalie Knodel, and Beth Maifield; Keyboard solos - Ruth Milliken, Raedell Winston, & Sandy Bandel; & Band solos - Margaret Poling, Chad Miller, Leigh Ann Bandel, and Carol Ross. Students were evaluated and given a rating along with suggestions for improvement.

    Vocal and keyboard students are under the direction of Jean Ann Confer. Fifth and sixth grade instrumental solos are under the direction of Debbie Fiala..

    Click here for a program of the vocal portion of the Music Contest.

    Below are some video of clips of the 6th grade students' performances. (Webmaster's note:  Several videos were unable to be saved due to file corruption, but I have included a wide variety. Vocal solo videos are very dark. Some outstanding performances are presented below.)

    Hailey Robbins singing "Danny Boy"

    Mia Morrow singing "EdelWiess: (from The Sound of Music)

    Amy Jenkins singing "God Bless America"

    Hadleigh Hilt singing "You Raise Me Up"

    Joni Fuller singing "Over The Rainbow" (from The Wizard of Oz)

    Amanda Neitzel singing "Do Re Mi"

    Bailey Workman singing "The River"

    McKenna Poling singing "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes"

    Jordyn Faulkender singing "Castle on a Cloud" (from Les Miserables)

    Vladimir Chinik singing "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"

    Mia Morrow (pianot) instrumental (partial video)

    Dawn Rice singing "The United States Air Force Song"

    Lyden Lampe (instrumental)

    Bailey Workman (instrumental)

    Amy Jenkins (instrumental)

    Dawn Rice (instrumental)

    Joni Fuller (instrumental)

    Hadleigh Hilt (instrumental)

    Ben Nelson singing "If I Had a Hammer"

    Kristian Rivera singing "You Are My Sunshine"

    Cutter Neitzel singing "Let There Be Peace On Earth"

    Eli Mills singing "Swing Low Sweet Chariot"

    Caleb Todd (instrumental)

    Ben Nelson (instrumental)

    Kaden Lee (instrumental)

    Jordyn Faulkender (instrumental)

    Alvero Fernandez (instrumental)

    Cutter Neitzel (instrumental)

    Dani Broughman (instrumental)










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    Kindergarten Students Promoted

    The annual Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony was held on Friday, May 13, in the Grade School Gymnasium. Twenty-one students were recognized during the ceremony and received their promotion diploma. Kindergarten teacher, Lori Rieger, and music teacher, Jean Ann Confer, guided the students through a short program of songs before the diplomas were presented by grade school principal, Rob Schiltz. Each student explained what they "want to do when they grow up" to the audience.

    The students promoted include:  Maverick Braz, Dierks Fromholtz, Adalyn Graham, Emma Graham, Madisyn Hays, Makayla Hays, Caiman Jensen, Kaylei Kabureck, Rachel Knauer, Zylas Martinez, Tyce McAtee, Aiden Mayer, Sierra Milne, Adreanna Moberly, Samuel Olivares, Ty Rethke, Derek Rodriguez, Samantha Tancinco, Michael Warford, Trace Whitney, and Alexis Zimbleman.

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  • Tractor Safety Class Offered

    K-State Research and Extension is sponsoring a Tractor Safety course on June 10. Linda Elfers at the Cheyenne County Extension Office has asked that students desiring to take the course sign up for the training.  A minimum of 15 students will be needed for the course to be offered. The course is open to students ages 14-16. The cost of the course is $15. The training will be held at the Sherman County 4-H Building in Goodland, Kansas from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MDT (9:30 a.m - 6:00 p.m. Central) on June 10, 2016. Click this link to view the flyer for the training program.

    If you have questions, call Linda at the Cheyenne County Extension Office.

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  • Drama Workshop Coming Soon

    "Save the dates, June 27 -July 1, for the second annual Summer Drama Camp, "Fractured Fairy Tales" directed by Kristen Hasty. Registration is open to kids who will be in grades 3 through 8, as well as High School helpers who will also be able to perform. Times are 9 AM to Noon each day with a public performance at 6:30 on Friday July 1st. This event is sponsored by Cheyenne Center For Creativity and the St. Francis Recreation Commission with grants from the St. Francis Community Foundation and the St. Francis Recreation Commission. Camp registrations will be sent home with students April 22.

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